My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This Winter Sun interconnected omegaverse, centred around Dalton City and its environs, really is an absolutely delightful mix of smoking hot sex and the most wonderful romance, filled with a nurturing overly possessive alpha and a sweet little cinnamon bun omega.
I loved everything about this one, possibly slightly more than the first book in the series, Ugly which I utterly adored.
We met Richard in Ugly, he’s Burke’s best friend who went on to make a fortune and who, when we last saw him, seemed to have been stuck in a miserable relationship with a snotty and bitchy omega.
When Unexpected opens, we find out the true state of their relationship and it’s not pretty. I felt for both of them, Leo isn’t necessarily a bad person, he’s just really not right for Richard and they’ve been making each other miserable in a spiral of kinks which just damage their relationship rather than enhance it.
After Richard ends things, he heads to a small coastal town where his path crosses with the sweetly shy dog walker Carter, who is just a wonderfully uncomplicated young man almost two decades younger.
Carter’s slowly finding his way in life, going to college to become a teacher, he loves animals and has a part time job working as a dog walker, which sees him taking up looking after Richard’s pup Noodle.
And can I just put in a big 💗 here for Noodle, who is the goodest boy ever, he’s a Retriever full of boundless love and energy who very much acts as a balm to the soul for Richard.
When Carter’s second heat arrangements fall through, he finds himself sobbing on Richard’s living room floor and suddenly facing going through it alone.
There’s both an element of slow burn with this and a side order of instalove, which I know sounds utterly impossible, but we get a build up to Richard’s falling for Carter while for the omega, it’s an instant attraction to the powerful older alpha.
The sex, as you’d expect from Roe, is incandescently hot, there’s heat knotting, multiple orgasms, a bit of dirty talk and explosive breeding talk. But there’s also gentle caring, tenderness, a growing need for the other that has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with recognising your soul mate.
It’s another glorious addition to the series and Kirby’s book is up next and I am desperate to find out who’s going to try taming that little fireball of attitude!
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review